A question I often hear from coaching clients is, "How do I get executive presence?" The question is tricky because "executive presence" isn't easily defined. Sure, there's widespread agreement that leaders need it and great leaders have it. But it's not so simple to deconstruct the elements.
Your definition may be based on a leader you actually know, who has great presence. Someone who exudes confidence and energy, and who attracts other people like a magnet.
As I waited in a post office line, I watched the clerk. She looked to be so deep into the doldrums that she could barely hear her customers. It seemed that, when she finally took in a request, she'd move in slow motion, lethargically searching through stacks of paper with her eyes half closed and her mouth half open.
As the minutes ticked on, I became annoyed. Then I thought, "Oh, I'd hate to have her job." So I was feeling more empathetic when it was finally my turn. By then, nobody was behind me in line, so I engaged her in conversation.